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first_imgAfghanistan on Sunday reported its first fatality due to the novel coronavirus, after a man died in the north of the impoverished and war-torn country.Officials said the 40-year-old victim died in Balkh province, which borders Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, from complications stemming from the COVID-19 disease.Khaliullah Hekmati, the health director for Balkh province, told AFP that the man had suffered other health problems including with his liver and kidney. He was brought to a hospital on Wednesday, but was not quarantined there. Two foreign diplomats were also among the 10 new cases.Most of Afghanistan’s COVID-19 cases have been linked to neighboring Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the disease, and where millions of Afghans live as refugees.The victim who died Friday had not returned from Iran recently, according to Hekmati.Since the outbreak began around a month ago, tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Iran, but only a few hundred have been tested — raising fears the actual infection rate might be much higher than reported.Afghanistan’s porous borders, creaking hospitals, culture of hand-shaking and hugging, and large illiterate populations in crowded urban centres mean containing the crisis could be a huge challenge. “He died on Friday, his tests results came back positive today,” Hekmati said.”When we went to quarantine the family, they had already moved to an area under Taliban control.”The Taliban, who in the past have been repeatedly accused of murdering health workers, last week said they would not obstruct health organizations battling the coronavirus crisis.Afghan health officials have so far reported 34 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 10 new cases Sunday that saw the first two confirmed infections in the densely populated capital Kabul.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgSweden will adjust a key corner of its strategy for dealing with COVID-19, after the death rate at care homes spiraled out of control.The government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven plans to spend about 2.2 billion kronor ($220 million) on ratcheting up staff levels to help protect the country’s oldest citizens. Another 2 billion kronor will go toward compensating local authorities for the extra costs they’ve incurred in dealing with the pandemic, the government said on Tuesday.Like elsewhere, Sweden’s COVID-19 related deaths have disproportionately hit the elderly. But critics argue that many of those fatalities could have been avoided if the authorities had taken more steps to focus attention on the most vulnerable demographic. Topics : Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, says fighting COVID-19 is a long-term undertaking, meaning temporary lockdowns will ultimately backfire. He says once they’re lifted, infection rates will again rise.Instead, Tegnell says moderate restrictions that allow much of normal life to continue are more likely to help guide a society through a pandemic that has a protracted lifespan.The Danish wayBut the strategy remains controversial. Within the Nordic region, contrasts have been drawn between Sweden and Denmark, which opted for a strict lockdown early on.Denmark is now in the second phase of reopening its economy. What’s more, recent data even suggest its infection rate is falling, and its death rate so far is less than a third Sweden’s.Denmark opened large swathes of its economy in mid-April, including primary schools and hairdressing salons. This week, Danish shops opened for the first time in two months, with museums and cinemas set to follow.center_img Earlier this month, Sweden said prosecutors had started an investigation into the high death rate at a care home. Half of those over 70 years old who have died from COVID-19 in Sweden lived in nursing homes, according to national statistics at the end of April. As of Monday, the country had registered 3,256 COVID-19 related deaths.Controversial approachSweden’s approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic has become a topic of international debate after it opted for a much laxer lockdown, and instead relied on its citizens to follow social distancing guidelines.Swedish gyms, schools, restaurants and shops have all remained open throughout the spread of the pandemic. The strategy has so far helped shield the economy from the worst, but Sweden’s death rate is about 32 per 100,000, compared with 24 in the US. and roughly 9 in neighboring Denmark.last_img read more

first_imgPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final Approval SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Pennsylvania’s federally-required replacement to No Child Left Behind has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan is the state’s most comprehensive federal education blueprint since 2002.“Today’s approval serves as an historic moment for public education in the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is committed to ensuring that all students have access to an equitable, high-quality, well-rounded education, and our ESSA plan greatly enhances that mission. The plan provides critical resources to schools and a flexible framework through which teachers can teach and students can learn.”The plan sets ambitious goals for closing, and ultimately eliminating, achievement gaps; increases attention to student growth in school accountability and improvement efforts; and commits to a full, fair, and transparent presentation of school success based on a more comprehensive set of measures. As an example, a focus on STEM education, and the implementation of a new Career Ready Indicator, will highlight school success in career exploration activities, even down to the elementary level.Additionally, the plan includes the development of the Future Ready PA Index, a new, public-facing school progress report that expands the indicators used to measure school performance, and extends the comprehensive approach to ensuring student and school success. The Index will place additional emphasis on academic growth, a robust chronic absenteeism measure, attention to both four-year and extended-year graduation rates, and assessments of postsecondary readiness.“Pennsylvania’s plan reflects our guiding principles of transparency, equity, and innovation, and provides new flexibility to schools as they prepare students for success after graduation,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “We are particularly proud of the extensive stakeholder engagement efforts undertaken during the planning process, which ensures that the plan aligns with the needs and priorities of Pennsylvania’s educators, students, and communities.”Pennsylvania’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan was submitted to USDE on September 18, 2017, after an extensive stakeholder engagement process. To develop the plan, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE):Assembled four work groups – comprised of teachers, charter school and district level administrators, advocates, civil rights leaders, former policymakers from both parties, and others – to study key aspects of the law and develop framework recommendations;Commissioned an independent study to examine work group recommendations in the context of academic literature and other evidence;Testified before the House and Senate Education committees and worked with lawmakers to address plan components;Held six dedicated town halls in regions across the commonwealth to gather additional stakeholder feedback;Participated in approximately 30 statewide conferences, professional association meetings, and parent forums to reach more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians and present on the state’s ESSA planning and early implementation;Consulted with national nonpartisan policy and technical experts (American Institutes for Research, Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Commission of the States) to solicit additional insight, feedback, and suggestions for specific plan components; andPresented the plan for public comment in English and Spanish for a 30-day period, during which time PDE received more than 400 comments and suggestions.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read the approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan, visit the Department of Education’s website at or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.center_img January 17, 2018last_img read more

first_imgWAB and DeepWind plan to exchange and analyze information, experiences and knowledge and keep each other informed about progress in joint projects, as well as hold joint matchmaking and networking events. With the cooperation, the parties aim to promote the offshore wind industry and the production of green hydrogen at sea transnationally and to support the supply chains in both countries. “We visited our DeepWind colleagues in Aberdeen with several WAB members in January and immediately noticed our common ground: Our shared experience in the maritime industry plays an important role, as do the companies’ complementary backgrounds,” said WAB Managing Director Heike Winkler. German wind industry association WAB e.V. has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Scottish partner DeepWind to collaborate for the expansion of offshore wind and the development of a market for green hydrogen from wind energy. “I am looking forward to our cooperation, with which we will create a platform for a closer exchange between our markets and which is intended to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies in particular to enter the market and simplify cooperation with larger market players.”last_img read more

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first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists it is a good time to play neighbours United, even though the form book suggests otherwise. City’s defeat at Crystal Palace left Manuel Pellegrini’s side fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, a point behind United. They head into the 165th Manchester derby in their worst form of the season, but that does not bother Kompany. Press Associationcenter_img “A derby is a derby,” he told “It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league, it’s a derby. If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby. “I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we’ve had.” While many are now writing off City’s chances of defending their title and even speculating about their ability to hold on to a top-four spot, Kompany insists the players do not doubt themselves. “We are demanding with ourselves because we have to win,” he added. “My only concern is we get back to our best form. “I think it’s our general form that we have to improve. “I’ve learnt from the past seasons as well that finishing a season strongly can have an impact on your next season as well.” last_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — Seven players from Ellsworth High School were chosen Thursday to this year’s All-Penobscot Valley Conference first and second teams.For the Ellsworth baseball team, pitcher Matt Burnett was chosen as both the PVC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year for the second season in a row. Burnett also made the All-PVC first team after finishing the regular season with a 6-0 record and 0.68 ERA on the mound and a team-best .447 batting average at the plate.Senior Conner Wagstaff joined Burnett on the All-PVC first team with a 4-1 record and identical 0.68 ERA on the mound and .380 average and team-high 22 RBIs at the plate. Junior Jackson Curtis, who hit .418 and posted a team-high 23 base hits in the regular season, was the Eagles’ third All-PVC first-teamer.In softball, sophomore Sara Shea (.481 average and team-high 13 stolen bases in the regular season) and junior Trinity Montigny (.456 averaged and team-high 26 base hits) were chosen to the All-PVC first team for the Eagles. Sophomore Kayla Duhaime and senior Katie Hammer were selected to the second team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the Mount Desert Island baseball team, senior Drew Shea (.383 average and two home runs) was a first-team selection, and juniors Nick Corson and Sam Keblinsky were second-teamers. Senior Lindsey McEachern was named a first-team selection for the MDI softball team after posting a 1.17 ERA and 136 strikeouts in the circle and a team-best .420 average at the plate.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the calendar year of 2016 began, few would have imagined that Guyana’s basketball would end the year in the position it is in.That position is a good,so says National coach and president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)Junior Hercules. There were 10 tournaments played in total at both the senior and junior level with the shining moments of the year coming from the Junior side of local basketball.The first noteworthy improvement Hercules mentioned was in the table officiating.“Our table official pool has increased, we’ve seen a more diverse pool with new faces and that is good,” stated Hercules. However,he added that there is a needed for improvement in refereeing.“Refereeing has to improve;it is not an attractive field so there is a lot of recycling of officials so there hasn’t been much improvement.”His recommendations included paying more attention to the field and not just talking about the deficiencies of the referees.Other signs of growth came from the Junior players. There were 8 junior tournaments played this year versus two senior tournaments. The reality check however came when junior players outplayed the senior players in the two senior tournaments. Stanton Rose was named MVP of the Road to Mecca 3 club tournament.Rose,along withTerron Welch,were the leaders on the senior team that travelled to Jamaica in November.“Our Under- 23s have definitely shown improvement by virtue of level of competition through school or GABA enhancement,” Hercules stated. He added that Guyana’s second place performance at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 Championships was an indicator of growth.“Our second place at such a high level shows what can be achieved when adequate preparation is done, also our juniors have grown as a result of the international and regional exposures they have gotten.” On the senior side,he stated that there had only been two tournaments for the year,so an adequate assessment could not be given.For Hercules, a blueprint was set this year as to where basketball should go. “We need to make sure our school program is connected to clubs and our national programs, the framework is there, so the future looks promising. We’ve gotten more players exposed from around the country to basketball and that is a good sign”He added that what is needed is a coming together of will power and resources in addition to a coming together of decision makers that would definitely push basketball into the future.“We need a body to come together from the level of the Sports Commission;yes,the federation and association is there but we need better infrastructure and investments need to be made.”He finished by stating that Guyana has the potential to be at the level of other countries in terms of basketball development but the incentives just need to be present.last_img read more

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 26, 2020 Associated Press If the Bucks beat the Orlando Magic, the Eastern Conference first round would be completed in just 17 games. That would be the fastest opening round, in either conference, since the league went to the best-of-seven format in 2003. The East needed 19 games to get through Round 1 in 2002 — when best-of-five first rounds were still played.The Lakers are playing for rest and preparation time. Ending their series against the Trail Blazers in five games ensures they won’t play again until at least Sunday. Portland guard Damian Lillard has been ruled out with a sprained right knee, which further diminishes the Blazers’ hopes of pulling off a comeback in the series.LeBron James’ teams are 13-0 all-time in first-round series, on the cusp now of making that 14-0 and getting the Lakers to the second round for the first time since 2012. James has walked off a winner in 57 of his 68 career first-round games; Cleveland went 36-8 with him in those, Miami went 16-2.The other Game 5 in Wednesday’s tripleheader features the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. That series knotted at two games apiece. The Rockets have 77 3-pointers already in this series, putting them on pace to be the first team in NBA history to make 100 in a single series. The record for any series is 95, set by the Rockets in the West semifinals last season.NHL PLAYOFFS MLB-SCHEDULEJudge rejoins the YankeesUNDATED (AP) — Aaron Judge has rejoined the Yankees just in time for a string of three doubleheaders over five days. New York’s game against the Braves was rained out Tuesday night, creating a twinbill in Atlanta. That will be followed by doubleheaders Friday and Sunday against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. Judge and Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. came off the injured list Tuesday. The Yankees haven’t played since last Thursday. Their three-game Subway Series against the Mets over the weekend was postponed because of coronavirus concerns. McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. But Indiana never reached the second round and endured the first three four-game sweeps in the franchise’s NBA history. His playoff record with the team was just 3-16. McMillan finished his tenure with Indiana ranked No. 3 in victories in the team’s NBA history.NBA PLAYOFFSBucks and Lakers can move on to second roundLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers can reach the second round of the NBA playoffs with wins Wednesday in Game 5. Since the two top seeds lost their playoff openers they are a combined 6-0. Elsewhere in the majors Wednesday:— Cleveland is recalling Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) to pitch against Minnesota Twins for the first time since he and teammate Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) were demoted for breaking team rules and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols. Clevinger is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 5.— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw faces a familiar opponent as he tries to win his third straight start. This will be his 51st game against the Giants, the team he’s seen the most often in his career. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 23-13 with a 1.82 ERA overall vs. San Francisco. Kershaw, who was scratched from an opening day start at Dodger Stadium against the Giants, lost to them on Aug. 8. He’ll try to get even at Oracle Park.— Taijuan Walker starts in what could be his final outing for Seattle. The 28-year-old righty is supposedly attracting interest from the Yankees as the Aug. 31 trade deadline nears. Walker is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts, a solid showing after missing nearly all of the last two seasons with Arizona while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former highly touted prospect will become a free agent and doesn’t have a hefty contract. Walker is set to face San Diego at Petco Park. Colorado and Philadelphia look to boost their offenseUNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers will look to rediscover their offensive prowess to avoid falling into deep holes in their conference semifinal series. The Avalanche go into Game 3 against the surging Dallas Stars on Wednesday night after being outscored 10-5 over the first two games. Colorado’s top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog has accounted for all of the scoring in the series. The Stars have won five straight games this postseason, including Game 6 against Calgary in which they trialed 3-0 before scoring seven straight to finish off the Flames, and Game 2 against the Avalanche when Dallas scored five straight after trailing 2-0.The Flyers go into Game 2 against the New York Islanders after being shut out 4-0 in the series opener. The Flyers had a 25-14 advantage on shots over the final 40 minutes but couldn’t get anything past Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who recorded his second straight shutout. The Islanders goalie has not allowed a goal in 136 minutes, 20 seconds. That’s the second-longest streak in franchise postseason history, trailing Billy Smith’s mark by 39 seconds.Boston and Tampa Bay are tied heading into Game 3 after Ondrej Palat’s (AHN’-dray pah-LAHTS’) overtime goal gave the Lightning a 4-3 win Tuesday night. Tampa Bay won three of four from Boston during the season, and also won their meeting in round-robin play for seeding in the qualifying round of the postseason. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-PACERS-MCMILLAN FIREDPacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, less than three weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement Wednesday, 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight first-round sweep.last_img read more

first_imgTwo more Syracuse coaches are heading to Buffalo to join Doug Marrone and the Bills.Marrone announced Thursday that he’s hired John Anselmo to be a special teams assistant, and Hal Luther to be the Bills’ assistant strength and conditioning coach. With their departures, there are now seven former Syracuse assistant coaches in Buffalo.Anselmo came to Syracuse in 2009 and was the team’s secondary coach until 2010.  He was then the linebackers coach and assistant head coach for the last two seasons.For the nine years prior, he was the head coach at Nassau Community College on Long Island. From 1995 to 1998, he was on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech with Marrone.He was also the head coach at Nassau from 1987-1994, after serving as the defensive coordinator there from 1977 to 1986.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnselmo was one of Syracuse’s main recruiters, especially when recruiting from junior colleges. The New York native helped the Orange establish a recruiting pipeline from New York City to Syracuse and expand SU’s recruiting base in the area.With Anselmo and Bronx native Marrone gone, the Orange has lost its two coaches with the most knowledge about New York City recruiting.Two of Syracuse’s commitments from the Class of 2013 are from New York City, including running back Augustus Edwards from Tottenville High School on Staten Island, and defensive tackle Wayne Williams from ASA College in Brooklyn.Edwards has reopened his recruitment and will visit other schools, including Big Ten-bound Rutgers. Edwards narrowed down his list of potential schools to Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina State before committing to the Orange in July.Luther had been with Syracuse since 2000, first as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, and then the director of strength of strength and conditioning since 2007. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Moore, Daoust to remain on Syracuse coaching staffMarrone announces 4 more Syracuse coaches to join Bills staffBuffalo Bills introduce Doug Marrone as head coach; Daryl Gross, Nancy Cantor release statementscenter_img Published on January 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more